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Expand Article # 3024 A Piece of Cake Shaila
Q. If I make a mezonos brocho on a piece of cake and also eat some rice products that are included in that brocho, when I say the bracha acharona (blessing after eating) of al hamichya, does it also include the rice eaten? After all the bracha acharo ....


Posted 1/28/2021 10:23 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3023 Ponds to Ponder
Q Lekavod Harav Shlit'a, during these times where access to some of the keilim mikva were restricted, there has been various opinions regarding the status of ponds and rivers. For example there is a pond on Centre street and Yonge street as well a ....


Posted 1/27/2021 3:07 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3022 For All Intents and Purposes
Q. Re- questions 3015,16,17, 3021, above regarding Meah Brochos. Do brachot that were said without proper intention, such as when someone davens the Amida and only has kavanah at the first bracha, still he complies with the Amida. Do those brachot c ....


Posted 1/24/2021 3:38 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3021 Count Your Blessings
Q. If someone received Shabbos early (after Plag) and davened Maariv then, does the tefilah count for Shabbos meah brochos or for Friday? How about on Shabbos shaleshudes when benching after the shkiah?

A. Minchas Shlomo (2: 4: 27) writ ....


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Expand Article # 3020 What a Great Party!
Q. We have a minhag that on the Purim Seuda during the normal time we invite the complete family and their children, as well as many guest that don't have where to be for the seuda.
In this particular pandemic scary days. we are planning to ....


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Expand Article # 3019 Next Question Please
Q. A bochur contemplating finding a shiduch, should he prefer a Bas Yisroel to a Bas Levy or a Bas Cohen, to be able to comply with the mitzva of Pidyon Haben. (He is an Yisroel).

A. Ateres Paz (E. H. 4: 6) addresses this question a ....


Posted 1/21/2021 10:20 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3018 A Dose of One's Own Medicine
Q. A new spray is about to be marketed. When sprayed into the nose or/and mouth. it greatly helps to protect against infection by COVID-19. It stops the absorption and growth of micro-organisms such as viruses or bacteria. Can it be used during Shab ....


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Expand Article # 3017 A 100% of 100 Brochos?
Q. If one lost track on Shabbos of where he is holding in meah brachos, should he make brachos until he knows without any doubt that he has a hundred, or is it not necessary since the mitzvah is rabbinic?

A. Horav Shlomo Miller's Sh ....


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Expand Article # 3016 Twilight Blessings
Q. When making brachos during bein hashemashos, do they count for the previous day or the next day for meah brachos?

A. Mishna Berura (46: 14) quoting Acharonim (see Beis Yosef and others) begins the count of the one hundred brochos fro ....


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Expand Article # 3015 How Blessed Are We?
Q. Is the reciting of a hundred brochos every day an obligation for all, a Mitzva or just a mihag or tradition?

A. Based on Talmud (Menochos 43: 2), Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 46: 3), Rambam (H. Tefila 7: 1), Smag (A 19), Zohar (Korach), and o ....


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Expand Article # 3014 Good to Hear Your Voice
Q. The wife of member of our congregation is l'a chronically ill and mostly restricted to bed. She requires supervision, however due to the current crisis they can't afford a caregiver. Her husband strongly desires to continue attending shul, at lea ....


Posted 1/20/2021 3:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3013 At Cross Purposes
Q. Dear Rabbi As you realize from my name. I'm an old friend and member of the Kehila in Mexico, your former community. I'm sadly hospitalized in a Catholic hospital in Mexico City and suffering from covid 19. The rooms in this particular hospital h ....


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Expand Article # 3012 Pure as the Driven Snow?
Q. After attending a levaya or exiting a cemetery can one wash hands by sinking them in the snow? Does one have to do it three times? Can it be done in the same place?

A. On question 2074 regarding if one can wash hands netilas yodaim ....


Posted 1/18/2021 2:47 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3011 A Smell Test
Q. If someone due to contracting Covid lost his sense of smell and finds himself in a hospital room where the smell of the bathroom is obviously present, since other patients avoid it and say so. Can he say a bracha or learn Torah there, since after ....


Posted 1/17/2021 10:33 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3010 Practice Makes Perfect
Q Because I am a descendant of the Pnei Yehoshua, I am a descendant of both Rabbeinu Tam and Rashi (as attested by the grandfather of the Pnei Yehoshua in Moginei Shlomo).
Am I obligated to follow Minhogim of Rashi and Rabbeinu Tam? Where Rabbe ....


Posted 1/15/2021 11:58 AM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (1)


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Expand Article # 3009 My Name is My Name
Q. When a patient is so ill that a change of name is suggested, does he have to be consulted before or told that there will be or there was a shinui hashem or an addition of a name done for him? Maybe it should be avoided, since telling him about it ....


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Expand Article # 3008 Not Good for You Not Good for Others?
Q. Can I give my Rabbeinu Tam tefillin to be checked, painted and fixed to a sofer who doesn't put on himself Rabbeinu Tam's tefilin, since following his minhag they are not necessary, so he will not doing lishmo properly the painting and placing ....


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Expand Article # 3007 Make a Name for Yourself
Q. I would like to start saying the pasuk after the amida that contain the first and last letter of my name. (psukim lesheimos anoshim - noshim), since my father used to say it also. The problem is that I can't find in the list given, a posuk that f ....


Posted 1/13/2021 2:44 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3006 A Double Blessing
Q. If someone left his office and forgot making a bore nefashot after eating some fruits, but when he arrived home and was about to have a coffee, he remembered. Since there was a shinui makom or a change of venue, he needs to make a new bracha o ....


Posted 1/13/2021 2:29 PM | Tell a Friend | Ask The Rabbi | Comments (0)


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Expand Article # 3005 We All Daven Together
Q. I have recently become the Rabbi of a small community. Until now, I have always davened with a Vasikin minyan. My community though, davens at a regular time. Is it more important for me to daven with my community when they daven or better to cont ....


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